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New York taxi driver Donald Morton (Josh Hartnett) has Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism. Proficient with numbers but shy around people, Donald organizes a support group for others with with his condition. Isabelle Sorenson (Radha Mitchell), who is direct to a fault and practical, but easily upset by any perceived insult, joins the group. The two fall in love, but their mutual difficulty in coping with their condition threatens their fragile relationship.

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Critic Reviews for Mozart & the Whale

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2)

  • Like Adam, this film is intended to offer a non-disabled audience a sense of "betterment." It's meant to be "uplifting," and "inspiring."

    January 11, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Strong performances anchor this low-key romantic drama about two people with Asperger syndrome.

    February 22, 2006
  • From the first, there is a refreshing absence of special pleading or under-the-microscope examination in Naess' approach.

    February 7, 2006
  • Shapeless and redundant, this flick is exactly the sort of movie you'd envision if I said "mildly retarded yet physically gorgeous young romance."

    December 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mozart & the Whale

  • Oct 02, 2011
    Illuminating love story between two people with Ausperger's sydrome. Like many autistics, Izzy and Donald live in their own worlds while still having to cope with living in the world at large. Donald (Josh Harnett, indistinguishable from Ethan Hawke here) desperately wants to fit in with society and appear "normal" while Isabella (an exuberant Radha Mitchell) demands that she be accepted for who she is, wild mood swings and all. Obviously a very personal project for director Petter Naess, Izzy and Donald and their many autistic friends are never a source for ridicule, and the film particularly succeeds by communicating their daily challenges at both creating relationships and leading productive lives without resorting to sappy melodrama. The genial tone is more often an upper than a downer, these are simply people who are wired differently and sometimes need extra patience and understanding. Hartnett and Mitchell are fully convincing as these characters, and John Carroll Lynch (best known as Drew's transvestite brother from <i>The Drew Carey Show</i>) does a good job as Harnett's friend with skill at dispensing savvy relationship advice.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    So-so romance about two people with Aspergers. Josh Hartnett is okay, but Radha Mitchell has decided autism=super-wacky and she grates.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2010
    Overall pretty good but I dozed off somewhere in the middle.
    Megan S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2009
    There were a few parts that could be left out... but for the most part, this was quite a charming and sweet movie about two people with autism who fall in love with each other. At times, you forget that they have abnormalities because they seem just like regular people.
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